PRESEASON OUTLOOK Playing in the leagues toughest division, the Flyers were were looked at by most as capable of finishing anywhere from first to sixth depending on how the breaks went. I mean, this is one hell of a tough division.
FINAL RECORD 41-21-7 89 points second in the Metropolitan. Swept the seeding bracket to finish first in the East, Beat the Canadiens in six games in a surprisingly tough series, then lost in seven games to the Islanders.
STRANGE STAT OF THE YEA
It's not just him - it was the entire organization.
And the quote was a reaction to the declaration about "bad teams." Yes, they were bad teams. Yes, he's supposed to say "we have to work hard to get there" not "we are definitely there." When they clearly weren't.
But that's the entire corporate culture of the organization that has increasingly turned me off. There's a sense of entitlement that alienates me. It's not "the grass is greener" - it's "you agree this is the be
I never would have guessed that stat. One of the cases where the eye test doesn't marry up with the stats. Well, there were parts of the season where he was playing pretty well. But I don't think of him as a player who drives play.
I think we might be trading our boat anchors for another team's.
I was a critic of Hayes, but he did pass the eye test. His production was among the lowest for players at his pay grade, but he did positively impact the team.
I wasn't really worried about this year, but rather the years to come.
Plus, he was a Rag...
Obviously health has been an issue. That said, his first breakout year in the league he shot 11.2% and had 22 of 46 points on the power play. Then he shot 3.5%, 5.9%, 5%, 6.8%. His career is 6.2% and that may just accurately reflect what he levels out at.
That said, even "broken" under Hackstol, he scored 65 points in 17-18 with 33 of them on the power play. For his career 49% of his points (97 of 199) have come with the extra man. To say nothing of his 3-on-3 regular season OT play